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Biology

Biology is one of the most popular A Level subjects in the country, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of these students enjoy the subject so much they eventually choose a biologically related degree course. Others go on to careers in law, computing, accounting or teaching. So, whatever field you will eventually work in, you will find biology a very rewarding and challenging course which will develop many of the skills essential for a successful career.

Course Content


Year 12 Course Content (Year 1)

The course consists of 4 modules:

1. Biological Molecules
2. Cells
3. Organisms Exchange Substances with their Environment
4. Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships between Organisms

Within each of these modules there are six required practical’s plus additional practical sessions to enhance your understanding of the topics covered

 

Year 13 Course Content (Year 2)

The course consists of 4 modules

5. Energy Transfers in and between Organisms
6. Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environment
7. Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Ecosystems
8. The Control of Gene Expression

Within each of these modules there are six required practical’s plus additional practical sessions to enhance your understanding of the topics covered

 

Entry Requirements


Students studying Biology at this level must have achieved a Grade B in Core Science and a grade B in the Biology unit (B2) of Additional Science GCSE, or Biology GCSE. In order to cope with the level of written work and mathematical skills, students would also need to achieve a minimum of B grade in English and Mathematics.

Assessment


Year 1

Two written papers of 90 minutes each in duration.

Paper 1 covers content from any of the four Year 1 modules, short answer questions and one comprehension question
Paper 2 covers content from any of the four Year 1 modules, short answer questions and extended response questions

Students also receive a practical endorsement (pass/fail) which appears on the exam board certificate

Year 2

Three written exam papers of 120 minutes each in duration.

Paper 1 covers any content from topics 1 – 4, a mixture of short and long response questions, plus some extended response questions
Paper 2 covers any content from topics 5 – 8, a mixture of short and long response questions, plus a comprehension question
Paper 3 covers any content from topics 1 – 8, some structured questions including those on practical techniques, critical analysis of given experimental data, one essay from a choice of two titles.

Students also receive a practical endorsement (pass/fail) which appears on the exam board certificate

Financial Information


Students are actively involved in their learning through a variety of activities including research tasks and experimentation in the field (an optional residential course runs at the end of AS year that benefits components of the A2 course). Students will be required to attend buddy sessions and mentoring sessions, as well as purchase the appropriate revision guide.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.
–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

Future Opportunities


A2 Level Biology is an excellent foundation for a wide range of courses in higher education, and a suitable qualification for many careers and professions, including: medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, agriculture, nursing, teaching, physiotherapy, genetic research – you can include other courses/professions such as: sports science, accountancy, environmental science and radiography.

Further Information


Biology is a fast moving and dynamic science. All of the teaching at Ossett Academy is in modern well-equipped laboratories enabling much of the practical work to be carried out on an individual or small group basis. In addition to the formal teaching and practical sessions there are opportunities for students to arrange individual tuition sessions with one of the full time teachers. The course is modern and up to date and students are provided with resources written for the course. There is plenty of practical work and this is integrated with the theoretical work. Homework is set on a regular basis and students are expected to demonstrate a committed and hardworking ethic.